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The Power of Slow


The pace of modern life is fast. We want fast transportation, fast communication, fast computers, fast photos, fast music, fast foods, and so on.

But does fast always mean the best? Does it mean that we can achieve our goals? Does it ensure that we have a happy, healthy, and satisfied life? Does it ensure that we get enough time to spend with our family or indulge in our favorite hobbies? If you want to find out the answers to the above questions then you should read the book The Power of Slow.

Are you running the mad race to survive and thrive? Is your time controlled by others? Are you always chasing deadlines and milestones? Do you ever get time to spend time on activities that you want to do? Do you get time to do nothing or do a bit of self reflection? Do you have time for your family and friends? Are you always busy, work all the time, go to bed late only to get up early and work even more? Do you always feel frustrated, depressed, or dejected? If the answer to most of the above questions is ‘Yes,’ then you should read the book The Power of Slow.

If you want to stay on top of your life, if you want to take control of your time rather than being controlled, if you want to manage and balance your work and personal lives, if you want to set your goals and achieve them comfortably, if you want to manage your expectations about yourself and others and also handle other people’s expectations about you, if you want to create time by delegation, if you want to say ‘No’ to thing you don’t want to do, and if you want a calm, peaceful, happy yet successful life, then also you should read the book The Power of Slow.

The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World is a book that will revolutionize, reorganize and change your life. In this small, concise, and extremely readable book, Christine Louise Hohlbaum tells us how to manage our life using the power of slow. She explains the various problems that pull us down, obstacles that hinder our progress, and habits that hamper our productivity. She gives 101 powerful and efficient strategies to increase the quality of life and productivity where we have time for doing all the activities we want while achieving our goals and fulfilling our dreams.

This 250-page book contains a foreword, an introduction, prologue, 11 chapters, epilogue, notes, helpful websites, and a bibliography. In the 11 chapters the author deals with a wide range to topics from time management, multitasking, habits, saying ‘No,’ to focus, expectations management, and delegation. The first 10 chapters contain 10 ways each to deal with the problems discussed in them. The final chapter sums up all the tips and put them in perspective—how each problem affects our lives and those around us.

The first chapter (Time is Money… and Other Lies) deals with time, its importance and how to manage it efficiently. Chapter 2 (The Myth of Multitasking) discusses the dangers of multitasking and gives 10 ways to avoid the habit. Chapter 3 (Creatures of Habit) is about habits and how the bad ones can ruin our lives. It gives sure-fire techniques to cultivate good habits and get rid of the bad ones. The fourth chapter (Power of Slow—Just Say No!) gives very sound advice on how to say ‘No’ effectively and gracefully. It is one skill that will save you a lot of frustration, time, and effort. Chapter 5 (Procrastination Station) is about procrastination. This chapter contains many helpful tips to get rid of the habit by generating momentum and getting things done—the things that you have been avoiding because they were boring, difficult, unmanageable, and so on.

Chapter 6 (Free Time Is Not Expensive. It’s, Well, Free) gives you ten very effective ways to do what you love. When you do what you love and love what you do, you will always be happy, satisfied, and successful. The seventh chapter (Time-Outs) is about supercharging yourself and achieving higher efficiency levels. Chapter 8 (Expectation Management) is about expectations and deals with how to manage expectations—yours and those of others. The ninth chapter (Focus Factor) is about gaining focus and maintaining momentum in life. Chapter 10 (Delegation) explains why we delegate and why we don’t. It shows how to delegate efficiently so that you have enough time to do what you do best and what you love most. Chapter 11 (Just One Thing) is about choices and how to make the right ones. This chapter also summarizes all the other topics mentioned in the book and explains how those factors affect our choices, which will in turn affect our time and life.

The author has an engaging writing style and uses real-life examples, interesting anecdotes, graphs, cartoons, etc. to make the reading interesting and enjoyable. The tips are simple, practical, effective and most importantly can be implemented immediately.

One aspect that makes this book unique is that it contains the wisdom and knowledge that you will otherwise get only by reading more than a dozen books on productivity improvement, time management, and self-help.

It is a MUST READ for all those who want to bring sanity and happiness into their lives without compromising on their dreams and aspirations.

Book Details:

  • Author: Christine Louise Hohlbaum
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Year: 2009
  • ISBN: 9780312570484
  • Cover & Page Count: Hardcover, 253 pages